Spring Superfoods That Won’t Break the Bank

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Strawberries
> Price: $2.82/lb.

Various studies have suggested that these sweet spring and summer berries may slow cognitive decline in the elderly, help bring symptomatic relief to sufferers from ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. They’re high in fiber, Vitamin C, and manganese, and are one of the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity.

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Watercress
> Price: $1.69/bunch

Often relegated to the role of garnish, this peppery, leafy green — related to kale — is delicious in salads, soups, and sandwiches. It is a nutritional powerhouse, with more than the RDA for Vitamin K in a one-cup serving, along with plenty of Vitamins A and C, some calcium and manganese, and more than 40 unique flavonoids — a kind of antioxidant. Compounds it contains may help fight certain types of cancer, lower cholesterol, boost immune function, improve eye health, and protect against osteoporosis, and improve heart health. Read about 28 dangerous things experts link to heart disease.